A Stinker of a Time

If you’ve read me for more than a season, then you already know that my springs tend to be full of T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land. Who can resist inspiration like: “That corpse you planted last year in your garden / Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?”

“A Stinker of a Time”

I learned the trade from Primavera the Fisher.

“Spring can’t stand botched up winter jobs,” Primavera said, the first morning she took me to the docks. “She always floats their mistakes to the surface. It’s a stinker of a time for us, even when their rot comes carrying gifts.”

Before I could ask what she meant, Primavera speared a severed hand that had been bobbing for sunlight. Its pinky finger wore a huge ruby ring.

“They’ll never be good at winter jobs, if they can’t keep a corpse from blooming in spring.”

In winter, it’s best to bury or burn.

a wee note…
– Linked to Friday Fictioneers. Visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog, to join the writing bloom. Then follow this LINK, to read what others have fished out of the docks.

photo by Fatima Fakier Deria

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2017

“April is the cruellest month”, T.S. Eliot said. His dark pronouncement was quite correct, methinks. So, on April 21st, 2017, we get to echo his sentiment by crafting some dark and cruellest poetry of our own. And since we are irrepressible word-rioters, let’s spice things up with Percy Shelley, and remind society that “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” (or, at least, the self-proclaimed activists of their nations). Yes, I’m inviting you to join me on a long weekend of deliciously dark poetry of Protest and Outrage.

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month: Protest and Outrage is open to any person (with a blog or public virtual platform) who enjoys writing, sharing and reading dark poetry.

The phrase “protest and outrage” might nudge our minds towards socio-political thought, but this event is not about politics. Your dark protest can explore road rage, the weather, pain that refuses to let your body bend in the way you want it to, and yes, it can also be inspired by any social mayhem that might be getting on your last nerve. Let’s protest darkly and bare our poems in outrage. And let’s have a blast while we do it.

Please know that this is not only for people who have claimed words as their artistic weapon of choice. If you paint, protest on canvas and craft a poem to go with it. If you garden, show your outrage through a poem birthed out of plants and soil. If you are a dragon rider, well… if that’s your case, I hope your poem is full of fire, claws and teeth.

To participate, leave me a comment that includes your blog’s name and URL. If you are not a blogger, but wish to join the poetic fun via a social media platform, then leave me a comment with the name you use in said platform and the direct link to your profile.

Example for blog and website users:
– Magaly Guerrero

Example for Instagram users:
– @MagalyGuerreroInDarkerWords

Example for Facebook users:
– Magaly Guerrero

I’ll update the Darkly Outraged Participants list (see end of post) as the names come in.

Rules and Stuff
. The party starts on April 21st (9:13am EDT) and ends on April 25th (11:59pm).
2. You can post a new poem every day of the party (I reserve the right to delete links to poems that fail to meet our deliciously dark protest and outraged theme).
3. Be respectful with your poetry and your comments. This doesn’t mean that your tone can’t be fiery. Just keep in mind that this is a civil poetic exchange, not a brawl.

On the first day of the party, April 21st, I will publish a post to house our links. The post will stay on top until the 25th (lucky post *cackles*).

Also, the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads will be hosting its April Prompt-a-Day Challenge. I will be the host for April 3rd, 9th and 21st. Our Rommy will host on the 15th and 28th. The more the merrier, so stop by if the poetic mood hits your muse. 😉

Ready to Protest darkly and be poetically Outrage(d)? I am. So is the lady below.
Grab the banner. Spread the word. Poetize darkly.

Darkly Outraged Poets
1. Magaly Guerrero
2. Groovy Gothic (IG)
3. Rasz Art Designs
4. The Passionate Crone (poetry)
5. Daydream Believer
6. Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove
7. Khaya Ronkainen
8. Vanessa Condez (IG)
9. Helen Patrice
10. Ashtoreth Eldritch
11. SunshineShelle
12. A Dash of Sunny
13. Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
14. Pen and Feather

Drunk with Spring

Kim, over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, asked us to choose an animal and turn it into a poem about a poem. I almost didn’t participate—I’m a bit tired. But then, a picture from our last visit with my in-laws said, “Poetize me.” And I did. 😉

The poem sits on my fingers
(shy, chilly, shaky), it feeds
on ink from a black diamond,
sings of lust and compromise,

of love that births
stanzas out of living flesh.
It jumps in and out of word-
ponds, until it croaks fresh

verses. Drunk with spring
in its blood, the poem
draws strength from heart-
beats and tears and mirth.

It stays with me, it learns
and it teaches. It tattoos
tiny prints on my skin.
It becomes. And it leaps.

– Linked to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry, 346